Derby duel full of controversy

Long Sutton 3, Wisbech 4

Wisbech and Long Sutton produced a thrilling East Premier B derby match that had a full share of goals and controversy.

The visitors started the stronger and had several good scoring opportunities before some good umpiring allowed Dan Martell to snake his way into the circle through several stick tackles to slot home his long awaited first goal of the season.

Long Sutton finished the half the stronger side and had a few chances to equalise before finally breaking through Wisbech’s resilient defence through their man of the match Gary Hales.

The game turned early in the second half. Sam Blunt powered into the circle and fired a shot in which Sutton keeper Jake Loweth did well to save. The ball lifted off the keeper’s pads but slowly looped up without causing danger. The umpire thought differently and awarded Wisbech a short corner. Sutton were understandably aggrieved and in the ensuing discussion Loweth was yellow carded.

Wisbech won a penalty stroke from the corner and Sutton were then told they couldn’t kit up another keeper and they had to get on with the game immediately.

Sutton had to restart without a keeper. Fyson made an excellent stop on the line from the short corner but the resulting rebound struck Shore on the leg and a penalty stroke was given. Fyson put on a face mask and flung himself right but couldn’t prevent a good Joe Melton stroke.

Wisbech then won another stroke and Melton stepped up to repeat the feat of earlier and put Wisbech 3-1 ahead.

It should have been plain sailing from then but Long Sutton played some of their best hockey this season. They caught Wisbech on the break to bring the game back to 3-2 when Hales scored his second through a great ball by Whatling.

Wisbech won their third penalty stroke when Sam Markille was fouled. Drew Harvey stepped up to make it 4-2.

Sutton came straight back at Wisbech and Sisson got another beautiful deflection for a goal. They pressed again and were unlucky not to get an equaliser.

Next week Wisbech host Harleston Magpies II (2.30).